How do I merge layers without losing the layer mask?


I have two layers. My primary layer has a mask and the other layer is the one I used for stamp and healing. I want to combine them and retain the layer mask.

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As you see from my attempt above, the layer mask disappeared.

I tried approaching it by using a temp layer, moved the mask to it, merged my other two layers and then dragged the mask back to merged layers.

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But I think there is a better way, isn't there?

10/31/2016 9:46:00 AM

  1. New Layer
  2. Merge Visible
  3. Move the mask.

Using shortcuts it's very quick....

  1. Command/Ctrl-Option/Alt-Shift-N

  2. Command/Ctrl-Option/Alt-Shift-E

  3. Move the mask (Hold the Option/Alt while moving to copy the mask)

This also can retain the original layers so it's non-destructive.

10/31/2016 7:43:00 PM